Renewed search for clues in nearly 5 year old homicide

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - His violent death baffles customers to this day. Farooq Anwar was shot and killed in the convenience store he owned on Jeff Davis Highway nearly five years ago. Even with a reward worth more than $5,000, there's still been no arrest.

Police have chased down leads, but tell me there isn't enough to take this case over to the Commonwealth Attorney's office for prosecution.

His customers recall a generous man.

"He just tried to help anybody he could and would always give candy to the little kids," said Audra Swinson.

The exact circumstances around Anwar's shooting death are unclear.

"We believe the intent may have been robbery," said Lt. Randy Horowitz with Chesterfield Police.

Anwar died July 18, 2007. Nearly five years later, the store name remains the same. But customers remember the chilling crime at Fast and Friendly like it was yesterday.

"He was gunned down trying to run out the store and that was just horrible," said Swinson.
A customer found his body and called police.

About three years ago, Anwar's family and friends upped the ante on the reward. They put in $5,000.

"Still sitting in the bank, waiting for somebody to come forward and claim some, or all of it," said Lt. Horowitz.

Lt. Horowitz said they've had some promising leads over the years but haven't been able to put enough together to hand the case over to prosecutors.

Detectives are confident there are people out there who can fill in the blanks.

"We believe there was probably one assailant but we think there are other people who knew what happened," said Lt. Horowitz.

Lt. Horowitz said often people are afraid for their own safety or think they could get into trouble for holding on to information. But if they're not involved, he said they shouldn't be worried.

Swinson tries to remember happier times with Anwar behind the counter, but can't help thinking about the tragedy each day she drives past the store and how his family is left to wonder.

"This needs justice. His family needs justice for what has happened," said Swinson.

Anwar's wife said she wants the killer off the streets and urged witnesses to come forward. She says her husband was the kind of person one could never forget.

The reward money Anwar's family and friends came up with is on top of the Crime Solvers money. If you can help detectives, call 748-0660.

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